1 Incredible stat from the Milwaukee Bucks' In-Season Tournament win over Knicks

New York Knicks v Milwaukee Bucks: Quarterfinals - 2023 NBA In-Season Tournament
New York Knicks v Milwaukee Bucks: Quarterfinals - 2023 NBA In-Season Tournament / Stacy Revere/GettyImages

While many fans were unsure about it at first, the NBA's In-Season Tournament has seemingly grown on most people, including Milwaukee Bucks fans.

The Bucks entered Tuesday's quarterfinals matchup against the New York Knicks with a perfect 4-0 record in the tournament and aimed to tack on another with a chance to advance. They played as if they were very interested in heading to Las Vegas for the tournament's next stage, as the team had one of its best performances yet this season.

1 Incredible stat from the Bucks' In-Season Tournament win over Knicks

Milwaukee notched 146 points while surrendering 122. According to The Lead, no team had scored more than 120 points against the Knicks this season before this matchup. This is an incredible stat that shows just how much the Bucks were cooking against New York.

The biggest reason for Milwaukee's success offensively was their sharpshooting from 3-point range, having gone 23-of-38 (60.5 percent) from the the outside. That marksmanship helped them score a new season-high while tallying a season-high in 3-point makes.

Starting two-guard Malik Beasley led the 3-point shooting barrage, having sunk six of his 10 attempts for the game en route to scoring 18 points. Beasley now has five games with five-plus 3-point makes this season, which is two more than the rest of Milwaukee's roster combined, per Stat Muse. He has been an incredible pickup for this team since coming over in the off-season.

Damian Lillard was also knocking down triples, burying five of his seven attempts. That helped him have another efficient game with 28 points as he remains in a great groove as of late. In addition to the points, he had seven assists, three rebounds, a block, and a steal. The point guard has his share of struggles early, but he seems to have found his footing.

A.J. Green was third on the team in made-triples with three. He gave the Bucks an immediate spark in the first quarter, having shot 3-of-3 from behind the arc.

Giannis Antetokounmpo chipped in on Milwaukee's efficient perimeter shooting night by knocking in his only 3-point of the night. As usual, he did most of his damage inside the arc, having shot 15-of-22 en route to a 35 point performance. He added 10 assists, eight rebounds, and three steals to cap off another tremendous night.

Khris Middleton was in a nice groove by scoring 14 points and dishing out seven assists. He looked like the Middleton this team needs, hitting an array of tough jumpers while getting everyone around him involved as well.

Just like they did in a recent win over the Atlanta Hawks, the Bucks got a nice boost from two key reserves in Bobby Portis and Cameron Payne. Portis had 13 points, four rebounds, and two blocked shots, while Payne12 points, two assists, and a steal. The Bucks will need contributions from their second unit, and these two have stepped up to the task lately.

Brook Lopez had himself another tremendous game, having finished with three blocks, three steals, three assists, 10 rebounds, and nine points. Per StatMuse, Lopez and Victor Wembanyama of the San Antonio Spurs are the only players in the league to have five-plus games with five or more "stocks" - a combination of steals and blocks - this season. Lopez is 35. Incredible stuff.

On the other side of the ball, Julius Randle and Jalen Brunson did everything they could to will the Knicks to victory. Randle had a 41-point game, shooting an efficient 14-of-19 from the floor. Brunson, who has been a thorn in Milwaukee's side for a while, had a 24-point night while dishing six assists.

Now, the Bucks are heading to Las Vegas for the next round of the In-Season Tournament.

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